Getting into Kiev or Kyiv, the capital and largest city within Ukraine, you will notice its abundance of rich culture and history through its well-preserved attractions. Known as Eastern Europe’s scientific, educational, industrial, and cultural center, it also features high level educational institutions, high-tech industries, broad infrastructures, and a well-maintained, modern transport system.
Kiev’s climate can average 13.8 to 24.8 degrees Celsius or 56.8 to 76.6 degrees Fahrenheit in June, July, and August, or −4.6 to −1.1 degrees Celsius or 23.7 to 30.0 degrees Fahrenheit in December, January, and February.
What to see & do
The city of Kiev lets its visitors learn more of its history through some of its most significant destinations. Visit Kiev for a first-hand experience of the city’s beauty that will be engraved into the hearts and minds of its visitors.
Among the top destinations within Kiev include the Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum (a very interesting, moving museum which heavily and prominently displays much of the disaster's consequences but very light on the plant's background or anything technical), Khreshchatyk Street (a perfect, lively spot for peoplewatching), Kiev Pechersk Lavra (one of Ukraine’s oldest and most important monasteries, as well as in the territory of the former Soviet Union), Open-Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life (where it shows how people used to live in different parts of the country), St. Sophia's Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the oldest remaining church in Kiev, and has world’s biggest ensemble of frescoes and mosaics dating from 11th century), St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, Motherland Statue and War memorials, One Street Museum, State Aviation Museum, Mariyinsky Palace, and Mariyinsky park, to name but a few.
How to get around
The city of Kiev heavily relies on its local public transportation, which includes the metro, the underground train, buses and minibuses, trolleybuses, trams, taxis, and funicular, along with an intra-city ring railway service. Most, if not all, of Kiev public road transportation use a flat rate tariff system, with the exception of taxis. To get onboard any public transportation a digital ticket or token must be purchased before departure. The tickets are regulated by the city government, with younger students entitled for a discount, while pensioners use the public transportation free of charge.
For a more efficient way of getting around Kiev, the metro provides an affordable and convenient way of reaching most of the city. Funiculars go through Volodymyrska Hill, connecting the Uppertown with Podil, while the tram system though previously widely used, are now slowly being phased out to make way for the buses and trolleybuses. Other ways of getting around Kiev include travel via roads, bridges, and railways. Land travel is possible via European routes E40, E95, and E101, and via the Kiev Passenger Railway Station, Darnytsia Railway Station and the suburban Elektrichka trains, via stops all over the city, going towards Nizhyn or north-eastern; Hrebinka, south-eastern; Myronivka, southern; Fastiv, south-western; and Korosten western directions, from Kiev.
How to get there
The city of Kiev is served by two international airports, namely the Boryspil Airport, and Kyiv International Airport or Zhuliany Airport. To get to Kiev, airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Transaero, Air China, Aeroflot, Emirates, Ukraine, and LOT, provide connection flights via Hong Kong, Beijing and Dubai, to Moscow, and Warsaw. Among the airlines that fly to Boryspil Airport include Air Arabia, Air France, British Airways, Czech Airlines, Lufthansa, and Ukraine International Airlines, to name a few. Some of the passenger airlines that fly to and from Zhuliany Airport include Aegean Airlines, Air Urga, and UTair Ukraine, among others.
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